Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Engaging Affairs Summer Camp

This year, the ladies of Engaging Affairs decided to do a series of Bridal Bootcamps to further our skills and enable us to help you in any situation. The first session took place last night at Petal's Edge floral shop in Alexandria. Our fabulous friend Rebecca showed us the ins and outs of floral 911 as we learned about the tools of the trade (or, what floral equipment to keep in our emergency kits) and how to make last minute bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages. If you're in downtown DC, any corner flower seller will do. If you're on the outskirts or elsewhere, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or the nearest food market will work too.

Personally, I know how hard floral design is. I tried my hand at it back in college and I didn't do so well. There really is an art to everything from bouquet to arrangement making. The hand cramping is the worst and if you plan on doing flowers, I hope you don't care about the appearance of your fingers. Weekly manicures won't help your cause!

In the end, I think we all did pretty well. We still have to perfect our skills, but we were all able to complete a bouquet, boutonniere and a corsage that met a professional's approval. We had a lot of fun doing it and personally, I have even more respect for all the talented floral designers out there. Hats off to you!